History & Culture

History & Culture

The 1962 Sino-Indian War: Recalling a War that was not …it was an Indian Rout

Reading Time: 5 minutesFought both along the 890 km long McMahon Line and opposite Western Tibet in the Ladakh region of our 4056 km long Sino-Indian borders, the 1962 War showed us at our worst in terms of strategic, operational level and tactical decision making. The Indian Army fought last-man-last-round in a manner, which the world and even […]

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Of Tragedies and Human Bonding.

Reading Time: 4 minutesBig tragedies bring out the best in human beings. The nameless-faceless mass of people offers their resourcefulness. This is what is so significantly remarkable. Their altruism goes beyond them even as they themselves may be at risk. Yet they offer it all – kindness in adversity, unmatched improvisations and support to survive. How one even […]

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Our Opinion about Kashmir Changed!

Reading Time: 4 minutesWe are often conditioned by our biases and prejudices. This is what Soumya felt during a visit to Kashmir. A different shade of writing from our humourist, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. A few years back, we had gone for a family vacation to Kashmir. We had the usual apprehension that the […]

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Backpack to One of the Oldest and Charming Cities of India

Reading Time: 3 minutesKolkata-based Soma tells us about a backpacking trip to Varanasi and Saranath, exclusively in Different Truths. Well, it’s an easy guess – Varanasi! That evening I checked my watch umpteen times as if it would help me time travel and catch the train for which I was running late. My manager had taken a virtual […]

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The Strange Worshippers of Ganja God

Reading Time: 4 minutesCannabis as a domesticated plant has a cultural history spanning thousands of years, many continents, and has many uses. Tapati talks about a strange God and strange worshippers, telling us the many uses of Hemp, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. The morning newspaper is always rich in bringing in some exciting news. […]

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A Rainy Day and God

Reading Time: 3 minutesHong Kong-based Suveera decides to visit the Big Buddha. It’s a huge bronze statue of the Buddha sitting on a lotus. It was built in 1993 at the Po Lin monastery. Standing tall at 112 feet the Buddha commands awe and respect, says she, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. I am one […]

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The Origin of Hamburger Remains Mysterious

Reading Time: 3 minutesThe origin of the cultural culinary icon of America, Hamburger, is shrouded in mystery. Lily tells us about this amazing fast food, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths.   America is truly a heavenly destination for its favourite food, the hamburger. The Philadelphia Cheese Burger was high on my priority list on my […]

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What is Happiness?: Mill Sets the Bar of Fortune Higher than Aristotle – III

Reading Time: 5 minutesFor Mill, the Aristotelian conception of happiness is too cold. It places too much weight on ‘correct’ activity – not enough on the receptive and childlike parts of the personality. One might act correctly and yet feel like “a stock or a stone.” Here’s an erudite debate that Prof. Ashoka writes about, in the third […]

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Durga, a Lesser Goddess Grew in Stature during the Gupta Period

Reading Time: 5 minutesArindam, our Editor-in-Chief, traces the history of Durga iconography. Historians at Allahabad Museum opine that the stature of the Goddess grew during the Gupta period. He introduces the three-day long special feature on Durga Puja, between Tuesday (Sept 26) and Thursday (Sept 28). Special mention of Anumita Chatterjee Roy, our Managing Editor, must be made […]

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Can we Achieve Perfect Harmony through Gender Justice?

Reading Time: 5 minutesKolkata-based young lawyer, Vedatrayee, dwells on the subject of gender justice. She examines it socio-politically, in the historical perspective, to challenge established biases, in the weekly column. A Different Truths exclusive. Sunil was in a hurry to leave for school. Sheetal, his younger sister was packing his bag for him. Savitri their mother opened the […]

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